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What we learned from NBA All-Star Saturday Night

first_img[email protected] OVER @JColeNC! 😱#ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/uIOwAqYtFy— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 2019But overall, once again, the Dunk Contest was a bit of a snoozer. We’ve seen everything these guys have done before and one of the few 50’s on the night came on the fifth attempt in the second round by Smith. The anticipation of the dunks is almost the most exciting part of the night now. Something has to change. Whether it be a different format or simply opening up the contest more (wouldn’t you like to see Zion Williamson in the contest this year even though he’s still in college?) or even allowing the use of professional dunkers to compete against NBA players, something has to change.We’ve seen it all at this point, and to be honest, a lot of people are bored with it. Unless you can give us Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon again. Absolutely nothing about that was boring. NBA All-Star 2019: Hamidou Diallo wins Slam Dunk contest, full list of night’s winners NBA All-Star Saturday Night is fun but it’s also something we can learn quite a bit from.This weekend has been interesting. Young talent was showcased and surprising innovations were made. But there’s room for more change. But as the night went on people got more and more creative. First, it was Trae Young thinking smart as he hit a 3-pointer with a runner to beat De’Aaron Fox.Wow. @TheTraeYoung edges De’Aaron Fox to advance to the #TacoBellSkills semis! pic.twitter.com/HjacqU8jG8— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 2019Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was studying everything going on though and he was not going to get beat by the 3-pointer in the finals. Against Young, he took a runner — from half-court — to edge out Young for the win.”NO HE DIDN’T!”@jaytatum0 hit the half-court bomb to defeat Trae Young and win the #TacoBellSkills challenge! 😱 pic.twitter.com/5NMz3h4Ajt— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 2019This challenge is changing before our very eyes.Nets players keep showcasing wellThe NBA All-Star weekend is starting to feel like a showcase for the Nets.First, last season Spencer Dinwiddie won the Skills Challenge. Then this year Joe Harris outdueled the greatest 3-point shooter of all time in Stephen Curry to win the 3-point contest. And on Friday, Rodions Kurucs scored 10 points while adding five assists, four rebounds and two 3-pointers made in the Rising Stars Challenge.From the #NBAGLeague to #MTNDEWICERisingStars… Rodions Kurucs & Cedi Osman! Relive their highlights from last night’s game. #GLeagueAlum🇱🇻 @Rodions1: @LongIslandNets ➡️ @BrooklynNets🇹🇷 @CediOsman: @CantonCharge ➡️ @Cavs pic.twitter.com/1uglt0yjC1— NBA G League (@nbagleague) February 16, 2019Joe Harris drains nine straight and posts another perfect money ball rack to finish with a championship round score of 26! 🔥🔥🔥#MtnDew3PT pic.twitter.com/abh9qlo6Ix— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 2019And Sunday, D’Angelo Russell will make his first career All-Star appearance. Talent is starting to show for the Nets which is probably a pretty good reason why they are currently in line for a playoff spot with a 30-29 record at the break. This team is almost defiantly on the up and up even though few take notice.It’s time to change something with the Dunk ContestThere were memorable moments in this year’s dunk contest. Hamidou Diallo jumped over Shaq.”SUPERMAN IS IN THE BUILDING!” @hamidoudiallo WITH THE ELBOW DUNK OVER SHAQ. 😱😱😱#ATTSlamDunk pic.twitter.com/w7VB0Nw2UR— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 2019Rapper J. Cole nearly threw one down himself after Dennis Smith Jr. threw one down over him. Here is what we learned from the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night.Jayson Tatum is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkersSo the Skills competition always seems to come down to the final 3-pointer to close out the round and several times on the night players who got to the shot first wound up losing because they couldn’t hit that first attempt. Related Newslast_img read more

Facebook To Unveil Its ‘New Home On Android’ Next Week

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces markhachman Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Facebook has big plans for something involving Android on April 4, according to an invitation to a press conference that the social giant sent on Thursday evening. “Come see our new home on Android,” it reads — whatever that means.This event seems unlikely to showcase a mere update to Facebook’s Android app, as those typically warrant a blog post and not much more. Instead, Facebook seems likely to have bigger plans for Android.TechCrunch’s Josh Constine, who was dead right about Facebook’s last announcement of its updated news feeds, believes that Facebook might be announcing a modified version of Android, specifically optimized for Facebook and designed for an HTC phone. That might well amount to the “Facebook phone” that so many people have been expecting for so long.Of course, it would likely also present Google with another headache, should Facebook join Amazon in promoting a heavily modified — i.e., “forked” — version of Android.But On The Other HandSuppose that speculation is off-base, though, and Facebook is just going to a lot of trouble to unveil an updated Android app. It could still have a few tricks up its sleeves.Earlier this month, my phone asked me to update the Facebook app with the same message as AllFacebook described, offering to upgrade the app to a new version (2.2.1-g12, in AllFacebook’s case). The version number now sits at version 2.3. However, one of the permissions that the Facebook app asked for was to “download files without notification.”That could herald a divorce with the Google Play market, as Facebook would then presumably be free to launch silent updates to Android phones without permission. In the most extreme case, that permission could conceivably allow it to modify Android on-the-fly for users. (Whether users would welcome that is another question entirely.)One possible feature that Facebook could add, of course, would be to update the mobile app with the multiple News Feeds that it added to the desktop version just a few weeks ago. Those feeds segmented out Photos, games, music, and subscribed Pages, de-cluttering the main News Feed and giving photos more prominence.That update, however, lifted the left-hand nav bar from within the mobile application and added it to the desktop version of the site, possibly meaning that the mobile interface will continue to drive Facebook’s design going forward. If true, then that means that we should expect future enhancements first within the mobile app, and only later on the desktop.On Wednesday, Facebook also implemented an improved version of mobile ads. With these new capabilities, developer can reach specific versions of Android and iOS mobile operating systems and devices on Wi-Fi only connections, developer Calvin Grunewald wrote in a post. “For example, now you can reach Jelly Bean 4.2 or iOS 5.0 and greater with a different message based on what is most relevant to the people using those devices.”Developers can now create and buy mobile app install ads through Facebook’s Ads Create Tool, the company added. Tags:#Android#Facebook#mobile The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Marcus Smart out 4-6 weeks partially torn oblique muscle

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles FILE – MARCH 14: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts after a technical foul is called against him during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at TD Garden on March 14, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — The Boston Celtics say guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle.The injury was revealed in an MRI scan on Wednesday. Smart sustained the injury during the third quarter of Boston’s home loss to Orlando on Sunday. He was helped off the floor by members of the training staff and was holding his left side after colliding with Magic center Nikola Vucevic.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Boston is set to face Indiana in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The timetable for Smart’s return means he will be sidelined for that series and the second round, as well, should the Celtics advance.Last season, Smart returned from a thumb surgery late in the first round of the playoffs despite initially being given a recovery window of 6 to 8 weeks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Joshua Pacio looks to thrive under pressure in chase to regain belt Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

FC Goa to appoint Sukhvinder Singh as CEO

first_imgPanaji, Sep 12 (PTI) FC Goa will be appointing Sukhvinder Singh as the new CEO of the Indian Super League (ISL) club. Singh, who has earlier worked with Nike India and All India Football Federation, will take over as CEO of the Goan franchise of the ISL later this month. According to a club executive, FC Goa had advertised for the CEO post and the management interviewed four shortlisted candidates, one from Goa, two senior officials from existing I-League clubs. Singh, who heads Libero Sports India division, is expected to quit the leading football consultancy and player agency in the next couple of days. He is currently in Manchester attending Soccerex global convention and is expected to arrive in India on Monday. PTI COR ARS BS PDS RYSlast_img read more

When Did Sports Become So Political

FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 28, 2017), we’re joined by New York magazine’s Reeves Wiedeman, who dropped by to discuss his article on recent political activism by athletes. Next, Michael Caley of ESPN FC and “The Double Pivot” podcast helps us break down Claudio Ranieri’s firing from Leicester City — not even a full year after the soccer team’s Premier League title win. Finally, ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller helps us imagine who the best baseball player would be in a world without stats. Plus, a significant digit on women’s basketball.Links to what we discussed this week:Reeves Wiedeman’s article on the rise of athlete activism.Firing Claudio Ranieri won’t fix Leicester City’s problems, writes Tim Wigmore for FiveThirtyEight.Catch more of Michael Caley’s soccer observations over on the “The Double Pivot” podcast.How do you determine baseball’s greatest player in a world without stats? Sam Miller lays out his theories.Significant Digit: 3,397, the number of career points that University of Washington senior Kelsey Plum has scored in her career for the Huskies. She broke the all-time NCAA women’s record on Saturday, with a 57-point game. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Wisconsin blasts Ohio State mens basketball in Madison 7149

Ohio State headed to Wisconsin with a “live in the moment” approach in one hand and hopes of prolonging its chances at a fourth straight Big Ten championship in the other. But the moment, nearly every second of it, belonged to the No. 20-ranked Badgers in a 71-49 rout at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Sunday. In the process, Wisconsin handed Thad Matta and the Buckeyes (18-7, 8-5 Big Ten) their worst loss since 2009 and likely eliminated them from the conference’s steeplechase for a league title. Matta, who led OSU to the Final Four less than a year ago, said he had seen enough after calling a timeout down 22-6 with 10:27 to play in the first half. “I, with composure, lost it,” Matta told reporters after the game. Seemingly, so did the Buckeyes. The loss, OSU’s third in four games, drops the Buckeyes to 1-7 against ranked opponents on the season and 3-5 in road games. OSU junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who has not scored less than double figures all season, led the way with 18 points. But in line with the theme of some of OSU’s losses this year, the Big Ten’s leading scorer had little help. Aside from sophomore forward Sam Thompson’s 10 points, starting junior guards Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore center Amir Williams combined for just 10 total points. The Buckeyes, though, came out of the gates firing, as Thomas, Smith Jr. and Craft all connected on each of their first shots within the first three minutes of the game. With the score tied early, 6-6, OSU appeared composed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Kohl Center, a place it had only won once since 2000. Any semblance of that notion, though, evaporated as quickly as the Buckeyes’ poise after junior guard Ben Brust’s 3-pointer gave the Badgers its first lead of the game at the 16:22 mark. They never looked back. Brust’s trey ignited an 18-0 run on 59 percent shooting from the floor and 56 percent from behind the arc that carried the Badgers into halftime with a 39-22 lead in tow. The second half brought more of the same. Wisconsin, which shot 53 percent on the day, still hit 13-of-28 shots and continued to stifle an OSU offense that seemed to only go as far as Thomas could take them. What concerned Matta, though, was not the Buckeyes’ struggles on the offensive end. His worry regarded their defense – the rock on which OSU has appeared to lean on now 25 games into the season. “I don’t know who’s in your jerseys right now in terms of being where you’re supposed to be and doing what you’re supposed to do,” Matta said he told his squad. “We got to get back to that. … We’ve seen the results if we’re not going to play defense. We’re not a good basketball team.” Sunday proved to be an immediate reminder of that. “You know, if we’re going to rely on trying to outscore people, that’s not going to happen, we have to play defense,” Matta said. OSU returns home to play Minnesota Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is at 7 p.m. read more

Jalin Marshall moving up the ladder

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Navy on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorDuring spring camp, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall’s status was largely in question after the Middletown, Ohio, native underwent offseason surgery.Three weeks into the season, those questions are becoming a thing of the past.Marshall has already made his impact on the Ohio State offense, as he scored his first career touchdown last week against the Kent State Golden Flashes in a 66-0 victory.Following his first-ever score wearing the Scarlet and Gray, Marshall said he was happy to put the trials and tribulations of the offseason behind him.“I’ve had some injuries and setbacks, but the journey is worth it,” Marshall said. “This is a great university and crowd to play for. I feel great being able to get in the end zone and help my team every week.”Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that Marshall is continuing to improve each week.“He has done a nice job. He didn’t play real well early in the year,” Meyer said. “But the last game, he did a good job.”Meyer said that Marshall’s early issues came from a lack of effort — a problem he is starting to fix.“His whole issue is just the four-to-six mentality that we got, go as hard as you can. When he goes as hard as he can, he is really good,” Meyer said. “I finally saw that last week, where he put his foot in the ground and even on plays that he didn’t get the ball, he was stretching the defense.”Since he arrived in Columbus before the 2012 season, Meyer has preached his philosophy of giving four to six seconds of effort from point A to point B on every play.Despite Marshall only amassing seven total offensive touches thus far on the season, Meyer said he can envision the redshirt-freshman splitting more time with fellow H-back, sophomore Dontre Wilson.“The good thing is he is very knowledgeable about all spots,” Meyer said. “If (Marshall) keeps moving up the ladder, those two (he and Wilson) will be on the field at the same time.”Marshall electrified Ohio Stadium on Saturday when he nearly broke a Kent State punt for a touchdown, but he was cut down by the punter following a 51-yard return.Although the punt return was the longest by a Buckeye this year, Meyer said Saturday he teased Marshall before ultimately praising his and other young players’ efforts.“One guy (Marshall) got caught by a punter, I think, and so we’ll give those guys a hard time,” Meyer said Saturday with a smile. “But I think I’m really excited about our young skill, and I was hoping to try to get Buckeye nation and the stadium to see some of those guys out in open space, and (freshman running back) Curtis Samuel and Dontre and Jalin are — just off the top of my head — guys I’m excited to get out in open space.”Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said the reason so many young guys have earned playing time is not because of a lack of production from the upperclassmen, but rather the impressive showing from the younger athletes.“Everybody has their own skill sets that everybody specializes in,” Spencer said Wednesday. “We are all great athletes, we are all great receivers and because we all are succeeding in certain areas of our game, that’s why so many guys are getting playing time.”In fact, 23 true and redshirt-freshman saw playing time against the Golden Flashes last week.After a bye week, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

Paper Maurizio Sarri frustrated with Willian at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been left reportedly frustrated over Willian’s continued absence from his return for pre-season training, claims The TimesThe 29-year-old has been away on an extended vacation this summer following his exertions with Brazil at the World Cup.But, amid being strongly linked with moves to both Barcelona and Real Madrid over the past few months, Willian failed to show up at Chelsea’s Cobham training base last Friday and has continued to be absent in the past four days.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…A passport issue was the reported reason as to why the Brazilian winger was unable to return to London.However, Sarri has still been left unimpressed with Willian and had hoped to use him for his first Premier League game against Huddersfield Town next week.Although, Chelsea will be able to welcome back Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek ahead of their Community Shield showdown with Manchester City this weekend.last_img read more